By Nicola Upson
March 1934. respected secret author Josephine Tey is touring from Scotland to London for the ultimate week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the shock hit of the season, with pacifist topics that resonate in a global nonetheless haunted through battle. yet pleasure turns to horror whilst her arrival coincides with the homicide of a tender girl she had befriended at the educate ride—and Tey is plunged right into a secret as complicated as any in her personal works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is confident that the killing is hooked up to the play, and that Tey herself is at risk of turning into a sufferer of her personal good fortune. within the aftermath of a moment homicide, the author and the policeman needs to subscribe to jointly to forestall a ruthless killer who will it appears cease at not anything.
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47 Four It was turning into the sort of day that made even the most faithful of Londoners question their devotion to the city. An unyielding stretch of cloud settled heavily over the rooftops, draining the colour from everything it touched before dissolving, at street level, into a half-hearted, depressing mist. Even so, as he left the house in Queen Anne’s Gate, Bernard Aubrey savoured the rush of freedom that accompanied any departure from the four walls which were, but rarely felt like, home.
He normally looked forward to such meetings, sure of his decisions and conﬁdent that those involved would trust his experience, but trouble was brewing with Richard of Bordeaux. Admittedly, none of the problems were insurmountable: his leading actor, who fancied himself – with some justiﬁcation – as lord of the London stage, had changed his mind about the lure of the provinces in favour of the silver screen and wanted out of his contract, but Aubrey had no intention of releasing him; he would consider financing the film, perhaps, but only after John Terry had graced the likes of Manchester with his royal presence.
Lydia needs a few alterations done in time for this afternoon. In spite of the plague, it would appear that Anne of Bohemia is putting on weight. ’ Right on cue, Mrs Snipe reappeared and, ignoring Archie’s protestations, placed in front of him a plateful of perfectly cooked kidneys and something that looked suspiciously like a kipper. As the Motleys bustled round, fetching coats and scarves and the various bits of costume that they needed for the afternoon, Josephine looked questioningly at Archie.
An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson